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What drives Americans to join the jihad? The book 'United States of Jihad' explains

What drives Americans to join the jihad? The book 'United States of Jihad' explains

Consider the case of Omar Hammami: Born in Alabama to a Syrian Muslim father and American Baptist mother, he attended Bible studies on Sundays and was in the gifted program at his high school. He then made a long intellectual and temporal journey — from Alabama to Toronto to Egypt and then Somalia — to fight with al-Shabaab, Al Qaeda's Somali affiliate. Hammami released jihadist agitprop hip-hop singles online with song titles like "Send Me a Cruise [Missile]" and "Make Jihad with Me." A prolific user of Twitter, Hammami referred to people as "homie" and name-dropped Tupac Shakur, not unlike any American rap fan.

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